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DOE Issues New Cybersecurity Guidance

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) released new guidelines intended to help manage supply chain risk and develop cybersecurity protections during the product design and manufacturing phases.  The new guidance, titled “Cybersecurity Procurement Language for Energy Delivery Systems,” is intended to help energy sector participants and technology suppliers address supply chain...

NRECA: NIST Cyber Security Framework Should Consider Needs of Coops

The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) is urging the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to keep in mind the varying organizations and structures of companies operating in the energy sector when developing its Cyber Security Framework (Framework), a project undertaken in response to a February 2013 executive order issued by President Obama.  The...

Sutherland Webcast: NIST’s Preliminary Cybersecurity Framework – Impact on Energy Companies

Cybersecurity and the protection of critical infrastructure are major concerns for the energy industry.  New government regulations and guidance are in the works under the President’s Cybersecurity Executive Order, including the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) Cybersecurity Framework.  NIST released its Preliminary Framework on October 22.  Join Sutherland...

Kentucky Coops Gear Up for Cybersecurity Review

The Kentucky Public Service Commission received a grant from the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners to conduct a cybersecurity study of several electric distribution coops.  The effort will result in a report that identifies cybersecurity risks, best practices and recommended next steps to protect infrastructure at a reasonable cost to ratepayers.  Click here for...

New Regulation Under Cybersecurity Executive Order

President Obama has issued an Executive Order to address the growing cyber threat to the Nation’s “critical infrastructure.”  The energy industry should pay attention, both for regulatory compliance purposes and also as a matter of sound business practice, in the face of the increasing security threat posed by cyber attacks.  Read the full Sutherland Legal...

An Activist Framework for Cybersecurity Oversight

Three recent initiatives by different arms of the federal government intended to help combat cyber threats to the nation’s critical energy infrastructure reveal an activist approach to regulating cybersecurity.  At this juncture, it is difficult to ascertain the legal and political ramifications of the three initiatives, but members of the energy sector should pay attention — the...

FERC Launches New Cybersecurity Office

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is creating a new office to address cyber and physical security risks to FERC-jurisdictional facilities, such as electric generation and transmission facilities, oil and gas pipelines, and LNG terminals. The new Office of Energy Infrastructure Security (OEIS) will rely on FERC’s existing statutory authority in providing “leadership,...

Facility Owners Should Heed New Cybersecurity Legislation

The push for new legislation to combat cybersecurity threats appears to be gaining steam in Congress.  While election year politics, competing legislative priorities and other roadblocks may ultimately derail these legislative efforts, owners of critical infrastructure should take heed: Facility owners would be subject to “performance requirements,” certification...

Sutherland Attorneys Outline 10 Power Grid Cyber Security Strategies

The regulatory landscape for protecting the electric power grid against cyber threats is fraught with uncertainty. But there are strategies that compliance officers and regulatory affairs personnel can implement today to combat cyber threats that may compromise physical electrical infrastructure.  These strategies can help electric utilities, owners and operators of generation and...

Vermont Public Service Board Considers Privacy Implications of Smart Grid Technology

As utilities in Vermont continue to implement various smart grid programs, the Vermont Public Service Board is evaluating the potential for both use and misuse of customer data.   The CEO of the Vermont Electric Cooperative, David Hallquist, is focusing on cybersecurity, in particular, as the coop grows its smart grid program.  Vermont Public Radio has been covering this...

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